• “Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.”  Proverbs 27:17 (CEV) When you come up against a situation, from where d...
    Shelter With Iron
    By Lori Kennedy
    August 31st, 2017

    Women Leading
  • “The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries.” Micah 7:11 (NIV) “God grant me the serenity to accept the ...
    Serenity
    By Lori Kennedy
    June 29th, 2017

    Women Leading
  • “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have bee...
    God's Discipline
    By Lori Kennedy
    May 11th, 2017

    Women Leading
  • “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (N...
    Shake It Out
    By Lori Kennedy
    March 02nd, 2017

    Women Leading
  • My husband, Stephen, uses this phrase at times, "He threw his sucker in the dirt..." The first time he used it, I had to ask him to clarify what he mean...
    Sucker in the Dirt
    By Shelley Hendrix
    February 02nd, 2017

    Leading Well, Women Leading
  • As we all settle into another new year, I want to challenge you to go through 2017 with motivation to chase the call that God has put on your life. S...
    Chase the Call
    By Christie Love
    January 19th, 2017

    Women Leading
  • “Sing to the Lord a new song” Psalm 96:1a (NIV) God knows I’m a 2x4 kind of girl.  I also tend to see God in coincidence.  I love it when God...
    Do Do Do Something New New New
    By Lori Kennedy
    January 05th, 2017

    Women Leading
  • Written by Holly Madden, LeadHer Local Director “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go ov...
    If You Feel Forgotten

    Women Leading
  • There is a great story tucked away in the third chapter of 2 Kings. In this fascinating chapter, we find the three kings of Israel joining forces to f...
    Leadership and Ditches
    By Kristan Dooley
    December 08th, 2016

    Women Leading
  • This month our LeadHer Local chapters have been talking about the topic “Prayers from the Pit.” We have looked at the life of Daniel and his willi...
    Risky Prayers
    By Christie Love
    November 17th, 2016

    Women Leading
  • When you ask Jesus to lead the meeting you’re in and remain submitted and attentive to his Spirit he transforms the community and the outcomes of ...
    Ask Jesus to Lead the Meeting
    By Bill Gaultiere
    November 09th, 2016

    Leading Well
  • I spent my first few years of ministry as a bi-vocational pastor. For those who may not know the term, being bi-vocational means I was a pastor but I...
    Be a Better Bi-Vocational Past...
    By Ron Edmondson
    November 09th, 2016

    New Church
  • A few years ago, Pulpit & Pew Research  published “What do Lay People Want in Pastors?” Here is a summary … see what you think. Demonstrated...
    What Makes a Good Pastor?
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    November 09th, 2016

    Leading Well
  • The next time you fill your tank, consider this: most of the gasoline you pump into your car is wasted.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, on...
    Where Are All the Disciples?
    By David Murrow
    November 09th, 2016

    Making Disciples
  • How would you define success? We live in a society that says the more money you have, the more success that equals and the more success, the more mo...
    God's Plan for Great Gain
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    November 09th, 2016

    New Church
  • A few years ago the Lord challenged me about my level of spiritual hunger. He showed me that even though I had stood in many prayer lines and repeat...
    Blocking the Holy Spirit
    By J. Lee Grady
    November 09th, 2016

    Pastor’s Soul
  • What do you understand when you hear the term real time. I think I understand what we mean by the idea, though the words seem a bit odd. When we chat...
    Waiting on God
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    November 02nd, 2016

    Pastor’s Soul
  • My friend Tom sent me and essay he wrote regarding the election. Here is an especially insightful excerpt: “Recently I re-read an observation of Th...
    Election Day Thoughts
    By Michael Hidalgo
    November 02nd, 2016

    Leading Well
  • Christian exceptionalism: the idea that there’s just one way to heaven, and his name is Jesus. It’s the idea that our religion is right and the ...
    Christian Exceptionalism and M...
    By David Murrow
    November 02nd, 2016

    Making Disciples
  • I frequently receive questions from church leaders who want to welcome a new pastor and do it well. I’ve written extensively about some of my own ...
    How to Welcome a New Pastor
    By Ron Edmondson
    November 02nd, 2016

    New Church
  • Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of his worth. This cannot be done by mere acts of duty. It can be done only when spon...
    The Duty of Worship
    By Steve Addison
    November 02nd, 2016

    Modern Apologetics
  • “Little children, make sure no one deceives you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, in the same way that Jesus is righteous.” 1 ...
    Practicing Good Boundaries
    By Lori Kennedy
    November 03rd, 2016

    Women Leading
  • Here’s what I’m learning about what Jesus’ ministry looked like . . . Jesus didn’t wait for people to come to him. He walked from place to pl...
    Jesus Didn't Wait
    By Steve Addison
    October 26th, 2016

    New Church
  • The urge to quit when things become difficult is a virtually universal experience. Like the urges to eat, drink, and breathe, this affects nearly ev...
    Overcoming the Urge to Quit
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    October 26th, 2016

    Self-care
  • Have you ever made a bad decision in leadership? Of course, we all have. It is actually part of the way we grow as leaders. I’ve made many bad decis...
    Avoid Making Bad Decisions
    By Ron Edmondson
    October 26th, 2016

    Leading Well
  • “God Doesn’t Answer Prayer.” That’s what my friend Pastor Jeff McCrory heard himself say to his small group Bible Study. “My hurt was talkin...
    When You Doubt the Power of Pr...
    By Bill Gaultiere
    October 26th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • The Old Testament clearly shows that the rise and fall of Israel was determined by its spiritual condition. When the people worshiped God, and their...
    10 Ways to Pray for a Troubled...
    By J. Lee Grady
    October 26th, 2016

    Preaching
  • The Bible shows that not only does God speak, but He also uses many different ways to get a person’s attention. Sometimes, God uses storms just to...
    Hey You, Pastor!
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    October 26th, 2016

    Pastor’s Soul
  • Another day – another random shooting. A man destroys himself and the lives of those around him.Every day we hear stories of men doing stupid thing...
    Helping Men Through Their Craz...
    By David Murrow
    October 26th, 2016

    Making Disciples
  • Over the last few weeks I have heard a lot about the idea of truth. People are asking about it. Others are fighting about it. Some are scared and snap...
    The War Over Truth
    By Michael Hidalgo
    October 19th, 2016

    Modern Apologetics
  • On a recent Sunday at church, right on the front row, stood a happy-dancer.She could barely contain her joy during the music. Singing at the top of ...
    Is Emotion Essential to Worshi...
    By David Murrow
    October 19th, 2016

    Preaching
  • I was delighted to talk with my friend Pete Wilson recently to gain some insight into his recent resignation as senior pastor of Cross Point Church i...
    Pete Wilson Interview
    By Ron Edmondson
    October 19th, 2016

    Leading Well
  • In Almost Christian, Kenda Creasy Dean sounds and alarm that she hopes will spur the American church to reexamine the way it is transmitting the fai...
    Pass on Faith to Your Teens
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    October 19th, 2016

    Making Disciples
  • A young pastor in one of my Soul Shepherding Groups asked all of us pastors seated around him, “Please pray for me. Everyday I can’t finish my w...
    Too Busy to Play with Your Chi...
    By Bill Gaultiere
    October 19th, 2016

    Ministry Spouses
  • Every community has its own set of keys — keys that will open doors, keys that will unlock hearts, keys that will release what was once enclosed. ...
    Finding the Keys to Your Commu...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    October 19th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with...
    Is Ministry Up to Us?
    By Steve Addison
    October 19th, 2016

    New Church